2011-06-21

Building pidgin on Kubuntu

Since Ubuntu (and related systems like Kubuntu) stop maintaining their own updates of pidgin shortly after the release of a new distribution, normal updating becomes impossible.  After a few hours of experimentation, I found a way to build pidgin 2.8 from source.

  1. Uninstall the existing pidgin (2.7.3 on Kubuntu 10.10) and pidgin-otr
  2. Get the current sources for pidgin (2.8.0), libotr (3.2.0), and the pidgin-otr plugin
  3. Install the following packets:
    libglib2.0-dev intltool libgtk2.0-dev
    libxml2-dev libidn libidn-dev libidn11-dev
    libperl-dev libgnutls-dev gnutls-dev
    tcl-dev tk-dev libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev
    libgtkspell-dev
  4. Configure pidgin 2.8.0 using the command line
    ./configure --disable-screensaver \
    --disable-gstreamer --disable-vv \
    --disable-meanwhile --disable-avahi \
    --disable-nm

  5. Build pidgin, install it
    (i.e. make; sudo make install)
  6. Build libotr, install it
    (i.e. ./configure; make; sudo make install)
  7. Build the plugin, install it
    (i.e. ./configure; make; sudo make install).
  8. After completely stopping any running pidgin (including the tray icon) and restarting, the OTR should appear in the plugin list.

This method will soon stop to work (pidgin tends to require more recent versions of glib and gtk with each version, and adding them to a system without breaking the existing infrastructure is probably hard). If you need any of the features I disabled above, you are on your own. I tried to find out what "screensaver" requires, but with no result.

2011-06-09

Voltcraft hybrid solar charger SL-2

Dieses Teil habe ich vor ein paar Tagen bei Conrad entdeckt.
Funktionen: Aufladen von 2 NiMH-Zellen (ein Paar liegt bei) mit Sonne oder USB-Eingang; Laden von USB-Verbrauchern am USB-Ausgang.

2011-06-07

Maryam Namazie: The Islamic Inquisition

Her keynote address at the Dublin World Atheist Conference is here.

Islam per se is fundamentally no worse than any other religion. The tenets, dogma, and principles of all religions are equal. I don't believe in good or bad religions; in my opinion all religion is bad for you. Religion should come with a health warning like cigarettes: ‘religion kills.’
...
Religion in general and Islam in particular can only be considered liberal and reformed (at face value at least if even that is possible) when it has been pushed in a corner and out of the public space - when it has been forced to run soup kitchens rather than courts and Islamic Assemblies.

Read the whole thing at http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2011/06/islamic-inquisition.html